• Eddie Hall is a British strongman and actor born in 1988
• He is known for winning the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition and previously held the deadlift world record
• He started working as a truck mechanic in 2008 and competed in his first strongman competition in 2010
• In 2015, he set a deadlift world record and won the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition
• He has an estimated net worth of $5 million, is 6 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 400 pounds, and became a vegetarian in 2019
Eddie Hall is a British strongman and actor born on January 15, 1988 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. He is known as the winner of the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition and held the deadlift world record.
Edward “Eddie” Stephen Hall was always an ardent admirer of weightlifting athletes: “I remember watching World’s Strongest Man as a kid, and I was just obsessed with it when I was about five, six years old. Just watching these huge guys lift planes, pull trains, lift rocks – it just mesmerized me.”
A competitive swimmer and rugby player in his youth, Eddie grew into excellent physical condition and the will to follow strict training routines – from 15 to 20 hours a week – in order to be successful.
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However, despite the good condition of his body, it began to bother him depression and anxiety after his Nan was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 years old: ‘I would always want to go to the toilet and sit on my own and just rock back and forth and just calm down and take the anxiety away. If I had to go out for dinner with the family or go out with friends, I’d puke before I went out, that’s how anxious I’d be.’
His constant anxiety attacks prevented him from finishing his classes at Clayton High School, which eventually led to his expulsion when he was 15 years old. He had to be homeschooled until his entrance exam.
His psychological problems affected not only the course of his education, but also his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer: ‘I was kicked out of the swimming club – which would become my career – I was always in trouble with the police, in trouble with my parents, my family, always getting into fights and, I don’t know, it just hit me hard.’
In addition to participating in a counseling program—which he followed for years—Hall was prescribed Prozac by his doctors to deal with his depression, which aided in his recovery.
When Hall was 17 years old, he discovered that he was incredibly good at weightlifting and began to consider dedicating his life to it.
In his book “Strong man: my storyPublished in 2018, Eddie Hall revealed that he started working as a truck mechanic in 2008 when he was 20 years old. During this time he never lost his good physical condition and continued to train, although the job at Robert Wiseman Dairies garage in Shropshire was his only source of income for the six years he worked there.
After years of bodybuilding and conditioned by his physical prowess acquired during his swimming years, Eddie Hall’s big chance to become a strongman came in 2010, when he competed in England’s Strongmen Championship after an injured Dave More fell out.
Although Hall was completely new to the competition, he impressively won first place. This was the signal he was looking for to become a full-time strongman.
In 2011, Hall competed in UK’s Strongest Man – his second major competition – in Belfast. Once again Hall was successful on his journey, and not only did he win the tournament, he also set a new Viking Hold record of 18 seconds when holding 20 kg (44 lbs) axes on each arm.
Despite his torn and injured forearms, Hall successfully won a place to compete in the World’s Strongest Man (WSM) competition in 2012. However, Hall had to take on other competitions first, including New Zealand’s Giants Live Melbourne, which kicked off in February of that year was celebrated. This was Hall’s first foray into an international tournament and proved to be a major challenge for him – on top of a back injury, as he eventually finished fourth.
Two months later in April, Hall took part in the Strongest Man competition in Europe, and despite failing to achieve the desired results, finishing in eighth place, his mark was impressive given that he was competing with some of the strongest weightlifters in the world, Žydrūnas Savickas – four-time World’s Strongest Man winner – included.
Later that year, Eddie finally competed in the World’s Strongest Man championship, although his efforts were not enough to achieve a good position and he failed to pass the qualifying group, finishing 18th.e in the competition.
Initially, Hall was not scheduled to compete in Strongest Man Europe, although an injury to Ervin Kanton allowed him to compete and finish in eighth place. Next year, Eddie’s work regarding international events progressed, as he reached the final round of WSM 2014, finishing in sixth place.
In 2015, Hall set a new world record deadlift of 462 kg (1,019 lbs) in Australia at the Arnold Classic event hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This record didn’t last long though, as Eddie surpassed it himself at the World Deadlift Championship the same year.
Also in 2015, Hall topped his previous position at the WSM Competition, when he placed fourth in the final round. Eddie didn’t stop there, but pushed his limits again when he surpassed his previous deadlift record at Arnold Classic Strongman in 2016, only to break it again months later, when he hit a 500 kg (1,100 lbs) mark.
However, writing history was not an easy task, and in one interview with Barbara, Hall recalled the health problems he faced lifting such a huge weight, including bow blindness: “I had a really bad concussion, amnesia, bleeding from every hole in the body. So yes, it was a very risky, dangerous lift and the health consequences weren’t the best, but it was all worth it.’
In 2017 and after a long and painful journey, Eddie Hall finally claimed his title as the world’s strongest man.
It was then that Eddie expressed his desire to retire from deadlifting competitions, revealing that he was concerned about his health.
Eddie Hall’s first TV appearance was in 2015’s “Watchdog” where he helped drivers test their skills in tough conditions.
The same year saw the premiere of the documentary “Eddie: Strongman”, directed by Matt Bell, which centered on Eddie’s two-year journey to become one of the strongest men on the planet.
In 2018, Eddie appeared in “Celebs In Solitary”, which saw viewers trying to spend five days in isolation. In 2019, he was part of the cast of the reality TV series ‘The Strongest Man in History’ and in ‘Beasted’.
Eddie appeared briefly in 2017’s “Transformers: The Last Knight”.
Eddie Hall is married to Alexandra Hall, with whom he has two children named Layla and Maximus. Today, Eddie and Alexandra enjoy a happy marriage, although it wasn’t always that way.
As Eddie recalled in an interview, their marriage was about to end in 2017, shortly before he won World’s Strongest Man, when they encountered issues stemming from his career and long time away from his family: “Five weeks before I won my wife was actually packing her bags… she was gone, she was out of the house, I had to beg her to give me five more weeks” (…) “I promised her I would it would win and that our lives would get better. And thank goodness I won it because, honestly, that saved my marriage.”
Eddie Hall has an estimated net worth of $5 million, as a result of his long career as a weightlifter, strongman and TV personality.
Eddie Hall has a bulky, strong appearance. He weighs about 185 kg (410 lbs) and is 6 ft 3 in (1.90 m) tall.
Eddie says Brian Shaw is one of the smartest strongmen.
He wants to play the role of a villain in a movie.
During his training process to become the world’s strongest man, Eddie only saw his family for two hours a week.
He said his calorie regimen is very exhausting.